Hanne Bastiaensen is the Country Manager for Belgium and the Netherlands at Demsoc, establishing our practice, thought leadership and partnerships in the region. Previously, she was the Participation Expert and Project Lead for Participatory Budgeting in the city of Antwerp. Hanne led a team through the city’s groundbreaking PB roll-out, managing the process end-to-end, with a particular focus towards inclusivity and cross-community dialogue. She has also has set up a track of best practice sharing with other cities across multiple countries. Hanne is a regular public speaker with past engagements at Europcom and a workshop at the Democracy Challenge in The Netherlands. Hanne obtained an MA in Sociology at K.U.Leuven.